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Cabin Transformed Into Modern Home

Cabins June 25, 2016

Builders and designers work with a team to make stable and valuable housing projects because they know that homes are significant to people’s well being. A home is where dwellers find their own identity and it’s a territory where they have control over everything they have in life.

Here is a cabin that’s been transformed into a modern home, and seeing the living room, it is exceptionally spacious and you can’t believe that it’s a tiny home. The dining room has enough space for the whole family to sit and enjoy their meals. Who would think that this used to be a plain, aluminium-sided farmstead?

Great thanks to San Francisco Architecture and Design Firm Design Blitz. This firm transformed this and it really looks entirely altered and it looks so gorgeous now. It is originally a 500-square-foot structure owned by the Horton family since it was built in 1942 as a holiday home. When the Horton family thought to make the house their full residential space, they needed a house remodelling.

Hence, the team of Design Blitz remodelled the 500-square-foot addition. Its remodelling budget is really reasonable for it only costs around $200 per square foot. Imagine this house transformation necessitated a broad work which included reframing the old original house.

After just about 75 years, the Hortons’ abode stood very beautifully and the entire new exterior within a rustic creek bounded by California redwoods, it is evident that the altered house is exceptionally stunning. The aluminium framing is absolutely lovely and its and cedar siding amid added contemporary style carries a new spirit to its interiors. Guests can also notify the unique openings beneath the extension. This transformed cabin is really an awesome remodelling project! To see more of Design Blitzsf’s work, find them in our Prefab and Modular Home Designers and Builders Directory (click here).

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Net-zero Arc Prefab House

Prefab June 25, 2016

Net-zero Arc Prefab House

Prefab ouses that take imaginative approaches to design are irresistibly interesting! The amazingly roomy net-zero Arc House reveals how curves can create an illusionary feel – a small space seems much larger. Innovatively and creatively designed by a group effort involving Green Builder Media, Shelter Dynamics, Kitcheneering, and Align3D, this prefab house is a good blend of the frugality and minimalism of micro house living with revolutionary structure science.

This fabulous Arc House ranges from 400 to 500 square feet. It is a good size for starting families and is designed for those who consider the importance of flexibility and affordability. It abides by California’s factory prefabricated codes. This house has all the facilities of standard-sized homes. It’s self-contained and compact; the house incorporates some sustainable essentials into a single set.

This micro home is off-the-grid; it is a solar-powered abode with advanced protection and energy storage capacity. It has a great purposeful kitchen and a sleeping quarter with a walk-in closet. Thus, Arc Home features both function and aesthetics that home buyers are yearning for. Also its amazing shape is absolutely catchy and provides a spectacular artistic view.

The founder of Shelter Dynamics, Jim Gregory said that Arc House is a lovely house design which helped them in demonstrating proficient means to build homes that are sustainable and meets the standard of a regular home within an affordable budget. To see more of Shelter Dynamics’ work, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.

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Studio Style Tiny Home Cottage Community

Tiny House June 23, 2016

Studio Style Tiny Home Cottage Community

The first thing that you think about tiny homes is space. Yes, it’s a limited living space. This simply means you will become a minimalist which is great for our planet. Every beautiful thing should always start at home. And the first thing is to de-clutter and keep only what you really need and love. Give all other unnecessary stuff away and live a simple, clutter-free, clean life. It’s probably what quiet joy is all about. Become a minimalist and start enjoying what’s readily available rather than accumulating lots of things that will just complicate your life.

So, here is an adorable studio style tiny home cottage community that you will certainly love.

Our Town Plans designed a 493 sq. ft. studio style cottage with a first floor bedroom. When you enter this cottage, you will see a ground level floor plan. A bedroom, a reading corner, a bathroom and a small pantry are all incorporated in the ground level.

The front area welcomes warmly and as you enter this cute tiny house, you can have a nice reading experience at the corner. Its bedroom is cozy enough to provide you some comfort after a tiring busy day and its kitchenette has built-in cabinets to keep your food condiments.

This is a bungalow-style house that simplifies one’s home living. And because it’s so adorable, you can decorate this cottage with your favorite home ornaments and make it as lovely as you it can be. It’s your cute little home and you don’t have to worry about spending a big amount to decorate. improve and maintain it.

Other things that will draw you to have a studio style cottage are – less tax, low mortgage and much lesser stress which are all present in owning a big house. And if you invest a little for your home, you can use your savings for other important things and even for leisure activities like travel. Spend less for your home and spend more enjoying local and international travel. Keep it simple and gain more experiences in exploring recreational things. So, you got both – a good home and beautiful experiences!

For more information about Our Town Plans’ plans, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.

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A New Kind of Tiny House Cabin

Tiny House June 23, 2016

Studio Style Tiny Home Cottage Community

After a hard busy day, everyone might want to find solace in a comforting prefab home. It is a space for each individual and an abode for the whole family, and is meant to provide some comfort and a sense of ownership to people buying their first house on a budget. Tiny lovely cabin homes are really charming and many home buyers are considering acquiring one like this micro prefab cabin.

These gorgeous micro homes will certainly amaze you! …

In Lac Supérieur located outside Montreal, the Fraternité-sur-Lac recreational spot is home to a chain of contemporary, prefabricated houses beautifully designed by YH2. YH2 recreated an outdated model and presented series of stunning and elegant tiny cabin homes that are wonderfully delightful.

Another incredible house creation is the “Spahaus” cabin, located in Canada. It has an open-plan living space. The company’s first home archetype is branded as Spahaus. It is designed as nice holiday dwelling. The 21 cabins  are fashioned to make the most of the area’s natural scenery. Thus, the cabins have large windows that allow house dwellers to enjoy a good view of the forest.

House buyers can choose one among the 5 Spahaus models. House sizes range from 1070 square feet to 1420 square feet. The kitchen has gray laminate cupboards and stainless steel countertops.

Dwellers may take the sauna optional feature if they love warm bath. The houses’ interior and exterior follow a regular graphical theme and a cedar and concrete create this visual effect.

The frontage is made up of of bare concrete, Galvalume guttering, and cedar wood covering. The homes are carefully set up to make other assemblies invisible.

Home buyers are practically guaranteed to feel at home in a wonderful tiny cabin home. To see more of YH2 Architecture’s work, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.

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Look How Comfortable this DIY Tiny House Is!

Tiny House June 18, 2016

Look How Comfortable this DIY Tiny House Is!

Look at the way that comfortable-looking bed opens out of those doors that border the interior and exterior space of this tiny house. Even some chainsaw furniture on the porch. This tiny home was built by an artist and his wife and won a “bedroom space award.”

Can you see why? Looking at the way this tiny house harmonizes all the parts that are commonly squeezed (and sometimes appear squeezed) into a small structure. The artist behind this tiny house is Loren Madsen, an installation sculpture artist. You can see his work here (click here).

He and his wife designed and built this tiny home themselves in Laytonville, California on some foresty land.

The tiny house is a 640 square foot modified kit. There are no big extras on this, so its a kind of minimalist house.

Still though it has all the necessities for house living. That bedroom you see in the photo takes up most of the space. But it also has a kitchen and bath. Its also easier nowadays to fit in electronics “basics” like a TV and computer, which have gotten quite a bit more compact in recent years.

And you probably noticed the double-glazed doors on this tiny home. Nicely wood-framed. A simple but effective look, and they open out or look out on a slope of trees and bushes. Sometimes the couple even carries their bed outside and sits it on that porch you see, which is just big enough.

The construction of this tiny house — as I said undertaken by Loren and his wife themselves — is a basic 2×4 framed bedroom, which is added to the other area.

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Tiny Home in the Backyard

Tiny House June 18, 2016

Tiny Home in the Backyard

Making good use of corrugated metal sheets and large windows, this couple built a modular tiny house structure in their back yard. Why? That’s one of the interesting things about what they did. They wanted to add space to their house — in this case the reason was they wanted more room for office / work space but I’m pretty sure prefab and modular house enthusiasts out there will also see the potential as a standalone small house or guest house — so, instead of building onto their place and changing the footprint, they built this modular unit in their back yard.

First I want to take a look at the basic design and building features, because that’s what most prefab / modular home shoppers will maybe be most interested in, nomatter where they buy their structure from. The use of corrugated metal sheets here is pretty good. It looks like a material made for stylish siding when it’s used this way. They also have large windows, a front porch, a metal stairway that is attached to the porch railing, and, of course, its raised off the ground.

Now I’m not sure how many of you prefab enthusiasts out there immediately looked at that raised structure to see what kind of room there was under it for easy lawn-mowing, but I’m going to guess around half of you at least. It doesn’t look too bad for mowing.

Dimension-wise, this tiny house structure has a 16X20 interior. The deck is another 16X8 feet. The structure is a 320 square foot one.

Some of you might be thinking, “Why not use that space underneath”? Unless its situated somewhere where builders must raise their structures up for flooding reasons, that space under the tiny house could be used either as a recreation area (if they lifted the structure up higher) or a parking area, or they could build the structure lower (even adding a second story). Even from an economic perspective, this consideration might make sense to most prefab or modular home builders. Because the value of this structure if it was 7 feet up off the ground instead of 4 would be increased.

If you were wanting to put a living area in on the first floor in a flood area (where you might be considering an elevated prefab that looks like this one), you might want to know that you can’t actually have what building codes consider “living spaces” there, but you can have recreation rooms, outdoor kitchens, hammock areas (instead of bedrooms, kitchens, or living rooms).

To see more from Asul, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.

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See the Interior of this Amazing Tiny House

Tiny House May 21, 2016

See the Interior of this Amazing Tiny House

In the rural area north of Utrecht (in Holland), sits this compact recreational tiny house. The cottage is constructed of wood and opens with French doors into the little cottage’s green surroundings.

The design is the result of a unique collaboration between the tiny house designer, Zecc, and interior designer Roel van Norel. Zecc designed the basic concept of the tiny home, and afterwards, Roel van Norel developed and largely built the plan to the smallest detail.

The tiny house has replaced a previous cottage, the foundation of which was reused and the existing contours were the starting point for the current structure.

The archetypal cottage is seemingly simple: a gable roof of stone slate, a chimney and a wood cladding Western Red Cedar. The cottage blends its materials seamlessly into the landscape.

The architectural drafting, interior design, and its realization were done by one designer’s hand, and this resulted in an unprecedented high level of craftsmanship.

The refinement of this tiny house is in the asymmetric head design, detailing and interior. The tiny home is enclosed on the one side by a solid wall. The other side opens up to the greenery around, and is equipped with movable shutters. The horizontal slats of the shutter can all be closed to give the tiny home a more enclosed character.

The front is completely transparent and has a sturdy steel facade. This part focuses on the open part of the landscape.

The front section of this tiny house is used as a kitchen cum living / dining room, and the sleeping area is in the rear section. The space can be separated or joined by means of sliding panels. Upstairs there is another sleeping area. The densely packed (with cupboards and oteher storage), long sides of the house has all the amenities cleverly integrated into a wall of oak: the kitchen, a wood stove, all facilities, a toilet, shower, sink and several cabinets. Even the kitchen baseboard is designed as drawer … the tiny home designers utilized every square centimeter of this cottage and thought.  To see more of Zecc’s work, find them in our architects directory (click here).

Pictures: Stijn Style Photography & Roel van Norel. Here are the interior photos:

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Built in the 1850s, a Tiny Home Is Still Going

Tiny House May 20, 2016

Built in the 1850s, a Tiny Home Is Still Going

The tiny home movement, viewed in the perspective of centuries, might look a bit like a scaling back from the post-war era of big, often suburban houses for everyone, because in the olden days when people built their first homes, they were often not large at all.

This particular tiny house, which is currently being used as a rental cabin, was built in the 1850s by Norwegian Americans in Iowa. Originally, they built it as a school. A different era of schooling as well as house-building. It was a Norwegian-Lutheran parochial school house. The construction of the house was then and is now old growth oak, walnut and elm wood.

Later on, just before the turn of the 20th century, the building was disassembled and moved across the field by another Norwegian American, and he used it as a tiny house (or just a house, as they would have seen it).

People lived in this tiny home until the 70s. After that, the building became a bit delapidated, but in 2007 the current owners again took it apart and moved it to another site in Iowa and restored the building over the course of three years. Now its a tiny house rental cabin that anyone can visit, and is situated near the Trout River (you can fish for trout there) near Decorah, Iowa.

While interesting as a rental possibility as well, this tiny house design caught our attention mostly because of its simple layout — obviously, since people lived in houses of this size for hundreds of years, an optimal layout was worked out naturally — as well as the long life of this usable, affordable tiny home design. Here are some interior photos to give an idea of what can be done with a tiny house inside.

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How a 16-Year-Old Builds a Tiny Home

Tiny House May 2, 2016

All of you out there following the news on prefab and modular homes, tiny homes, and other less expensive solutions to building a dwelling, how many of you have heard of Austin Hay, a 16-year-old student in Sonoma County, California when he built a tiny home on wheels.

“It began as an idea, and then my high school had a project where you got to research a project, anything you wanted,” so Austin decided to do his project on his already-underway DIY tiny home project.

The youth did the whole thing himself, framing it, putting the roof on. Later on, he put the windows and door in. He also did a significant amount of interior work on the tiny house — including shelves where he could put his personal effects.

He framed cabinets for the kitchen / dining area, closets for the bedroom, and drawers.

The tiny home also has a DIY sofa-bed, a decent-sized shower (not quite full-sized, but big enough), and a toilet (the toilet is a composting one).

The plans for Austin’s tiny home were donated by Four Lights Tiny House Company’s Jay Shafer.

The tiny house was started when Austin was a sophomore, and he completed it in his senior year.

To visit Four Lights Tiny House Company, click here.

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